It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

There are two drinks that define summer for me, that embody (em-bottle? em-glass?) Fridays lounging in the shade on my porch or basking in the sun on a rooftop patio with friends: margaritas (good ones, salt required) or vodka lemonade (best with homemade lemonade, light on the sugar). Bastardized gin rickeys now join that list.

Everything is better with a bendy straw

I am not a big drinker, I will be the first to admit, and my pretty broad palate when it comes to food is significantly less experienced when it comes to booze. No time like the present to start expanding my horizons though, right? Right!

All you need

So many people talk about the gin and tonic as a classic summer drink. If only tonic didn’t make my mouth twist up like a 2-year-old biting into a lemon for the first time; it’s just not something I get the appeal of. But a (sorta) gin rickey? Gin, lime, seltzer, a little sweetener, and a pretty garnish in a tall glass? Yes please.

Mint from my porch

If it’s not clear from the drinks above, citrus clearly has my heart in summer. And with a little fizz? Even better. Gin just smells good to me; I like its herbalness, it smells like standing in a garden. (And I love this interview about The Drunken Botanist I heard on NPR this week–wine and liquors come from all sorts of plants, that means they count as vegetables, right?! It’s just like V8 juice.)

Gin Rickey

Any go-to summer drink for you? I also just discovered two great summer beers (Unibroue Ephemere Apple and Dogfish Head Festina Peche) which for me as a non-fan of hoppy bitter brews, was quite the accomplishment.

Sorta Gin Rickey
Apparently gin rickeys don’t traditionally have sweetener, but I like a little to counteract the lime. You can try it the traditional way or use simple syrup or another sweetener instead of the agave. You can serve this shaken or stirred, but I like how it comes out a little frothy when it’s shaken. Makes one drink.

1.5-2 ounces gin
2 ounces fresh lime juice, with lime slices for garnish
1 teaspoon agave syrup
Ice
Seltzer
Mint for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with about 4 ice cubes and add the gin, lime juice, agave, and a splash of the seltzer. Shake well for about 10 seconds, then strain into glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with seltzer, mint, and a slice of lime.

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10 thoughts on “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

  1. You need to try “Death’s Door” brand gin! My husband is a fan of the summertime gin and tonic–me, not so much until I tried a g&t made with this gin. It is so yummy. It has a citrusy flavor that is really delicious. It is from an island in Wisconsin and I can buy it at Whole Foods of all places!!! It is worth searching for.

    • Cool, thanks for the tip! I’ve seen that brand around but haven’t tried it–it should be pretty easy to find since WI is right next door :-) The funny thing with the tonic is that some people seem not to like it because it’s too sweet which I don’t find to be the case AT ALL, so maybe I need to try a different brand of tonic too. The quest to discover a good G&T continues!

      • I think your Ricky sounds better than a plain ol’ g&t as I am not a big fan of the tonic, either. I think I might try to muddle a little of that mint in with it too! When my husband does make them he uses Schweppe’s tonic.

      • If you can find Polar Brand Tonic, Lime flavor….try it! I think you can get it where you are….so good with gin or vodka! Going to try try your ‘Rickey’ and I really enjoy your blog, thanks

  2. Thanks for the shout! The Rickey is a truly amazing drink, and Few works well with it. And, Deaths Door is a great gin too, with a bit of anise in the flavor, and is great with tonic.

  3. From your mother…….drink responsibly. And these sound all very good. You know my feelings about the margarita being a must to kick off summer or to enjoy a sunset on the Bay.

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